Today In Iraq, 25 August 2011

Reuters reports on the events that made the news today in my neck of the woods, my thoughts go out to my ISF brothers and their families. This is what was reported in the media for August 25, 2011.

GARMA – Three policemen were killed, including an officer, and five others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and a short time later a car bomb driven by another suicide attacker exploded in the town of Garma, 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad, a local police source said.

FALLUJA – Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb targeted their patrol in Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

BAGHDAD – A parked car bomb killed one person and wounded 14 others, including 10 Iraqi soldiers, when it exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in Palestine Street in northeastern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

BAGHDAD – A sticky bomb attached to a car killed the driver and wounded two passengers in Baghdad’s western Amiriya district, an interior ministry source said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb went off near a police patrol and wounded five people, including two policemen, in Baghdad’s central Alawi district, an interior ministry source said.

MOSUL – A roadside bomb went off near an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing a soldier, in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – A rocket wounded an employee of the state-run oil products company when it landed late on Wednesday at his house in the city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. (Compiled by Baghdad bureau)

Quote of the Day:

A Captain asks a Private, “Joe, do you think sex is fun or work?” The Private replies, “Sex is fun, sir. Because if it was work I would be doing it for you.”

It has been 3,082 days since the Invasion of Iraq.


  1. ambulocetacean says

    Thanks for posting this. I never see this sort of daily wrap-up in the news any more.

    The absence of Iraq news in the media these days makes it easy to assume is that everything there is more or less great.

    If this represents a typical day in Iraq I’m guessing it’s not entirely wonderful.

    • says

      Typical yes, but it is getting better here. Attacks continue to be lower in frequency than a few years ago and the Iraqi military and police have made great improvements to their forces. Yet, 9 or so events a day is nothing to joke about as they always occur in a geographically confined space.

  2. ambulocetacean says

    How much better can you see it getting, and over what sort of time frame?

    Can you imagine a point at which there might be almost no terrorist/sectarian/political violence? Or might there be some kind of baseline level of violence that will always be there?

    • says

      The joke is, “Iraq Good-enough”

      Some things give me hope, most of the Iraqi Police and Military are alot like us, trying to secure their country and families. Having them intermix with persons outside their tribe is also a sustain. But there is so much tension here. The country has been unstable since its creation after WWII. I expect violence to continue but I hope we will avoid what happened in Vietnam.

      It all depends on what kind of breathing room the Iraqi government can provide from the extreamists but it remains a country where you can’t expect help if you dial 911.

      That being said, compared to 2003-2005 its a metric-butt ton better

  3. ambulocetacean says

    Fingers crossed, then.

    By the way, it’s a bit hard to find your blog here at the moment. There’s no link from the front page or from anyone else’s blog.

    Cheers =)

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